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Zemonek's Career-High 18 Points Leads the Indians Past Mars Hill

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SALISBURY, N.C. – Catawba men’s basketball team extended their winning streak to seven games Saturday with a 96-86 win over Mars Hill Saturday at Goodman Gym.

Even with 10 days off, the Indians improved to 8-1 and remained at the top of the South Atlantic Conference standings at 3-0. The Lions dropped to 5-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

Catawba’s Ben Zemonek tallied a personal best 18 points. He went 7-for-9 from the field, including 0-1 from 3-point range and 4-for-4 at the free-throw line.

Devin Cooper and Jameel Taylor added 17 points each for the Indians, while Daquan Lilly and Marcell dropped in 16 points apiece.

Reggie Wright’s lay-up with 6:26 left in the first 20 minutes of action, cut the Lions deficit to 31-29. That is the closest his team would get the rest of the way, as Catawba closed the half with a 20-7 run.

The second half turned into a game of runs, with the Indians countering every charge by Mars Hill. Javonte Cook trimmed the Catawba’s margin to 62-52 with 14 minutes remaining. Over the next eight minutes, the teams traded buckets and the Indians led 74-64 with just under eight minutes left.

Coming out of a media timeout, Haskett converted a steal into a fast-break lay-up, completing a four-minute spurt where Catawba outscored Mars Hill 13-6. The run matched the Indians’ largest lead of the night at 17, 87-70.

A pesky Lions’ squad did not go away, trimming the lead to 92-86 with just over a minute remaining. Cooper drained four-consecutive free throws for the final margin of victory.

Inside the Numbers:
- Catawba has netted at least 90 points in four of nine contest.
- Catawba went 29-of-66 (43.9 percent) from the field, including 3-of-13 (23.1 percent) from behind the arc.
- The 86 points by the Lions matches the most by a Catawba opponent this season.
- Catawba was 35-of-40 from the free-throw line, including 35 of its first 38 attempts.

Next Up:
The Indians travel to Wingate for a 4 p.m. tip-off Wednesday.

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